The editors of this volume of the HLAS continue to view “history” as a “humanity," a view not necessarily shared by a majority of historians of Latin America. Be the editors’ view correct or incorrect, the fact remains that, in all likelihood, historians, although their contributions do not appear here, will consult this volume more often than will members of any other single academic discipline. If that assessment is inaccurate, so much the pity, because historians will not push back the frontiers of knowledge very far without being fully aware of the new interests and methodologies of “social science” types.
In this impressive volume, containing 8,408 annotations, historians can discover, if they do not already know, trends, for example, in the study of women, the elderly, rural societies, the urban underprivileged, energy, the growing concerns with the Caribbean and Central America, the hopes for and the disillusionments with the entire spectrum of political regimes, and, not least, annotations of 196 bibliographies and general works, as well as several other aids to scholars.
Every page of this invaluable research tool provides evidence of the abundant skills and dedication of its editors and of the indispensable support of the Hispanic Foundation of the Library of Congress, its director, and staff.